200 000 coronavirus tests donated to Polish citizens by Zygmunt Solorz and Polsat Group

30 Apr 2020

Zygmunt Solorz and Polsat Group spent over PLN 16 million to buy 200 thousands tests confirming presence of coronavirus together with the necessary laboratory equipment. The tests will be donated to Polish citizens and provided to the Ministry of Health in order to improve the capability of testing, identifying and isolating the infected, and will be a key factor in fighting the coronavirus epidemic in Poland.

Polsat Group and Zygmunt Solorz, who is the founder and major shareholder of the Group, decided to purchase 200 thousand genetic tests confirming the presence of coronavirus, used by all laboratories performing official tests for the Ministry of Health. The purchase also included 8 diagnostic devices, that is thermal cyclers and automatic extraction systems together with genetic tests and all the consumables necessary for conducting 200 thousand tests. These are complete diagnostic sets. All tests and reading devices will be donated to the society thanks to the involvement of Minister Sławomir Gadomski from the Ministry of Health, consultations of Professor Andrzej Horban, a national consultant in the field of infectious diseases and thanks to Mr. Sławomir Gnalicki, the President of Argenta, a supplier of tests and devices.

“I believe that in our fight against the coronavirus, testing -  that is identification of the infected and their subsequent isolation – is the most important aspect. Thanks to this we may be able to restrict the spread of the virus, and in the end – win our fight with the epidemic” – says Zygmunt Solorz.

So far, around 340 thousand coronavirus tests have been made in Poland. An additional 200 thousand tests with diagnostic equipment, i.e. eight sets of diagnostic devices, will help increase the capability of testing for coronavirus detection in Poland.  This means a significant growth of testing potential in Poland.

I've been working on it for several weeks. I am glad that finally the supply of tests and devices has begun. I know that at present there is a gradual “defrosting” of the economy and a return to everyday, normal life. However, we still need to remember that the epidemic is with us and among us. That is why it is so important to maintain safety measures and principles, but at the same time testing - fast and massive. The sooner and more infected people can be found among us, the better for us all,  adds Zygmunt Solorz.

Testing and diagnostics will be carried out by laboratories designated by the Ministry of Health. The first batch of test and laboratory equipment has been already delivered to the Ministry of Health. All tests and equipment will be made available by the end of May.

“I am very pleased with cooperation with Mr. Zygmunt Solorz and  the fact that we were able to use the potential of our company and become a part of this noble cause, so important to all of us– said Sławomir Gnalicki, President of the Management Board of Argenta.

“It is a very difficult time for all of us and we must help each other. We are a Polish company – we would like and we should provide our help in fight against the epidemic. I’ve decided for the first time that we would help on such a large scale. We donate 200 thousand tests together with the equipment hoping that this will support heroic activities of the Polish medical services. I would like to thank all of them very much, in particular those working on the front lines” – sums up Zygmunt Solorz.


Polsat Group in the fight against coronavirus

The to-date offer and program solutions as well as promotional activities introduced by Polsat Group under the fight against the epidemic include:

  • Donating 2200 tablets connected to the Internet to the children most in need.
  • Collecting PLN 3 million thanks to “Advertising to the rescue – Together in the fight against coronavirus" and transferring them to hospitals and institutions involved in the fight against the epidemic.
  • Allocating by the Polsat Foundation of PLN 2 million from its own resources for the purchase of the most needed equipment for health care.
  • „SMS to the rescue” – a dedicated commercial spot of Polsat Foundation and Polsat TV, all proceeds from which will be used for the purchase of necessary personal protection equipment for the employees of health care.
  • Aid to the Provincial Ambulance and Sanitary Transport Service "Meditrans" SP ZOZ in Warsaw.
  • Plus, supported by ZTE Poland, donated protective masks to hospitals.
  • #okonamalucha (#newbornsunderthewatchfuleye) –Plus donated SIM cards with Internet access to the Department of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Warsaw Medical University in the Princess Anna Mazowiecka Clinical Hospital.
  • ·        Involving employees in the “Feel the taste of help” action – the collected resources allow 4 Smaki Restaurants&Catering to provide free meals to the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration.
  • Donating over 3000 daffodils to the “Wolne Miejsce” Foundation under the action of “Easter Breakfast for the Lonely”.
  • Social campaign of Polsat Group encouraging people to provide aid to the elderly.
  • #CzytamyDlaDzieci (#ReadingforChildren) – the known and popular read fairy tales – every day at 8 p.m. on the official profile of Polsat Foundation on Instagram.
  • Under the joint action, the manufacturer of mobile devices - OPPO donated 188 smartphones and Plus donated 188 start-up sets with free calls, SMS and Internet access services to the people in care of “Polki Mogą Wszystko” Foundation  – the equipment was distributed to the children in 24 day care centers.
  • Broadcasting of Sunday Masses in Polsat News and Polsat Rodzina channels, as well as in IPLA service.
  • Daily workouts with personal trainer in Polsat News and daily entertainment with the stars of Polsat TV via live broadcasts on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Film offer of IPLA, the biggest Internet entertainment service – strong titles which have had premieres in cinemas recently.
  • Free 10 GB data pack for all customers of Plus and Plush and a new 20 GB data pack for PLN 10.
  • Free 10 GB data pack for the customers of Cyfrowy Polsat using selected Internet tariffs and a new additional 20 GB data pack for PLN 10.
  • Additional 25 channels under an “open window” for the subscribers of satellite television and Cable TV in IPTV technology of Cyfrowy Polsat.
  • 17 additional channels for all viewers in Plus network in a free IPLA PLUS package, 22 channels in total.
  • Fixed-line Internet access provided by Plus network in HFC, ETTH, PON accelerated to the maximum data transmission speeds, even up to 1 Gb/s, without any additional charges.
  • TIDAL without data limit for customers of Plus network and for new users of the musical service – a free 90-day access to TIDAL.
  • Big additional Internet data packs and more GB as the bonus for topping up accounts in prepaid offers in Plus network.
  • Providing all current news related to the pandemic in Polsatnews.pl and in Polsat News mobile application as well as in Polsat and Polsat News channels.
  • Free data transfer in Polsat News application for Plus customers.
  • #JesteśmyDlaDzieci (#WeareforChildren) – a program under the patronage of the Polsat Foundation in which important topics related to threats and consequences for children and their families arising from the coronavirus are raised and discussed.


Last updated 05/04/2020